Kos island is a place where ancient history, tradition and beautiful beaches blend together, providing visitors with a pleasurable experience. In the field of science, Kos is famous as the birthplace of Hippocrates, father of medicine. The island offers plenty of tourist attractions along with comfortable holiday facilities and places of entertainment. Frequent ferries to Kos take tourists to this beautiful island from many other parts of Greece and also from Turkey. Island hopping to other islands by feery is also possible from Kos.
Beaches in Kos have clear waters and beautiful scenery. Most of them are also easily accessible by local transport or car. One of the most famous beaches in Kos is Agios Stefanos beach. It is organized with sunbeds, umbrellas and seaside taverns, and also has a great variety of water sport facilities. Agios Stefanos, in the southern side of the island, is a very popular place to stay during holidays in Kos.
Another nice beach is Mastichari, with white sand, emerald waters and conditions perfect for windsurfing. Ferries to Kos from nearby islands, mostly from Kalymnos, often drop anchor at Mastichari port. Thermes is another great beach, particularly famous for the therapeutic power of its waters.
The most popular sight to see in Kos is the Asklepieion, an ancient sanctuary dedicated to the healing god, Asclepius. Apart from a sanctuary, the Asklepieion was also a healing center and in fact Hippocrates studied medicine practices there and wrote books on how to heal certain diseases. This monument is located on a hill about 3 km from Kos Town.
Another sight in Kos island is the Venetian Castle of Nerantzia, or the Castle of the Knights of Saint John, found very close to the port of Kos Town. This castle was constructed in the 15th century to protect the island from enemy attacks and pirates. Other such Medieval castles around Kos are the Castle of Antimachia, in the centre of the island, and the ruined Castle of Old Pyli.
Ferries to Kos from Athens and Turkey
Ferries to Kos depart daily from the port of Piraeus, the main port of Athens, and the trip lasts for 9 hours. Many ferry trips to Kos are overnight and usually tourists choose to travel in a cabin. There is also frequent ferry connection between Kos and other islands of Dodecanese, including Rhodes, Kalymnos, Patmos and Leros. These schedules are more frequent in summer.
In summer season, there are also daily ferries to Kos from Bodrum, a cosmopolitan resort in Turkey. The travel time is approximately 45 minutes and vessels can carry both passengers and vehicles, making it easy to connect the two countries.
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